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Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – October 3, 2013
Disabled Cable Installer Crossed the River To Stay Connected To His Work (OH) – Cable satellite technician Dominic Musarra will pay $40,432.49 in restitution after pleading guilty to felony workers’ compensation theft and fraud. While receiving temporary total disability benefits in Ohio, Musarra crossed the Ohio River and worked as a satellite cable installer for McDish Satellite in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Read more
Owner of Money Service Business Arrested In Operation Dirty Money Investigation (FL) – Nassar Hasan, the owner of Buy One Get One, a Tampa money service business, has been charged with four felonies for violations that were discovered after an examination of his check cashing business. An investigation revealed that Hasan allegedly failed to keep required business and identification records in order to hide the cashing of checks, some of which are believed to be related to previously identified shell companies in furtherance of a large-scale workers' compensation premium fraud scheme. Read more
Insurance Agent Issued Bogus Certificate Of Insurance To Client (GA) – William Rodeffer III, aka W.D. Rodeffer, has been arrested for insurance fraud for unlawfully taking premiums from a customer. Rodeffer allegedly took $7,400 in premiums for a workers’ compensation insurance policy, but he failed to obtain the policy for his client. Instead he issued a false certificate of insurance to the client to conceal his theft of the premiums. Read more
Salesman Worked While Receiving Temporary Total Disability (OH) – Randall Bridges, Jr. has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for double dipping. An anonymous tip led investigators to find that Bridges was employed as a sales person/independent contractor for Global Childcare Resources. He knowingly worked during periods when he was receiving temporary total disability benefits for a prior workplace injury. Read more
Business Owner Cashed Checks For Florida Shell Companies (FL) – Luis Rodriguez, the owner of Three Rodriguez, an Orlando money service business, has been charged with violation of money service business practice requirements. His business was positively identified as having negotiated checks made payable to identified shell companies, the owners of which had been arrested previously in a large-scale workers' compensation premium fraud scheme. Read more
Halfway House Operator With Multiple Legal Problems Adds Workers’ Comp Fraud To Her List (WA) – Judy Chafin faces felony theft and forgery charges alleging that she illegally received more than $90,000 in workers' compensation benefits from 2006 to 2013. Chafin began receiving wage-replacement payments after suffering an on-the-job injury in 2006 while working as a caregiver at Tiffin House, a long-term care home that she did not own. She submitted dozens of workers' compensation claims stating that she could not work due to the injury, while she operated The House of the Rising Son and other homes for released prisoners and homeless people. Last year zoning and health-code complaints were filed against her facilities, and last week she was served with these new workers’ compensation charges while appearing in court on an unrelated drug distribution case. Read more
Chiropractors Ordered to Pay Restitution for Medicaid and Workers’ Compensation Fraud (OH) – Chiropractors Jeffrey Stychno, DC, and Michael Frasca, DC, have been sentenced to pay nearly $179,000 in combined restitution to Medicaid and the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). They each must pay $69,781 to BWC and $19,715 to Medicaid after they were convicted of fraudulent billing practices during their time as co-owners of Integrated Health. The convictions stem from multiple incidents of double-billing for patient appointments, billing for non-existent appointments, and even billing for time spent out of the office. Read more
Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations.
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